54 Total Quotes

Richard Perle Quotes

National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government.
Richard Perle
#Government #American Publicservant

Law-abiding citizens value privacy. Terrorists require invisibility. The two are not the same, and they should not be confused.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Law

Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Example

We can train Iraqi soldiers to combat insurgencies while respecting human rights, as we have trained armies in the Philippines and Latin America.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Human Rights

A year from now, I'll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush.
Richard Perle
#Baghdad

No operational commander should have to assign a soldier a task that could be done as well by a computer, a remote sensor, or an unmanned airplane.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant

Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Control

The CIA is blinded, too, by the squeamishness that many liberal-minded people feel about noticing the dark side of third world cultures.
Richard Perle
#People

But if the UN cannot or will not revise its rules in ways that establish beyond question the legality of the measures the United States must take to protect the American people, then we should unashamedly and explicitly reject the jurisdiction of these rules.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Rules

I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing.
Richard Perle
#Law

Right now, American law bars the admission of aliens suspected of terrorist activity - but not of terrorist sympathies.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Law

We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally's strategic independence from Europe.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Independence

But even a nation of laws must understand the limits of legalism. Between 1861 and 1865, the government of the United States took tens of thousands of American citizens prisoner and detained them for years without letting any one of them see a lawyer.
Richard Perle
#Government

These are lies, there is not a word of truth in them.
Richard Perle
#Lies And Lying

The lax multiculturalism that urges Americans to accept the unacceptable from their fellow citizens is one of this nation's greatest vulnerabilities in the war on terror.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant

It's Saddam Hussein's style of justice, and it's appalling.
Richard Perle
#Justice

He is bound and determined to show the world, and in particular his immediate neighbors, that he has outlasted the United States, he has outmaneuvered the United States, he has outfoxed us, and he is ruling Iraq as he did before the Gulf War. The victory of the Gulf War has all but been obliterated and erased by a failure to confront him early and effectively,
Richard Perle
#Neighbors

What's the big fuss about preemption? You'd shoot first if someone was planning to shoot you right?
Richard Perle
#Planning

There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they've been liberated.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant #Doubt

The same European governments that hesitated to confront terrorists were more than prepared to oppose us.
Richard Perle
#American Publicservant

In the Middle East, democratization does not mean calling immediate elections and then living with whatever happens next.
Richard Perle
#Elections